Frustration for shot putter Danny
DANNY Nobbs called into question how the IPC World Athletics Championships is administered after failing to win a medal in the shot put – but admits nothing will come of doing so.
The Paralympian from Attleborough lined up for the F54/55/56 shot final in New Zealand, having suffered a soft tissue injury in his back during this month's training camp, but he was quick not to use that as an excuse for his disappointing performance.
The 31-year-old threw a best of 9.12m, good enough for 914 points, however, with only the top eight of 14 earning a further three attempts he missed out by one place, writes Ryan Bangs, Sportsbeat.
Nobbs believes having the three classifications grouped together in New Zealand, and later at the London Paralympics, is needless but concedes he has no choice but to accept it.
'Talk of grouping classifications together is very topical at the moment,' said Nobbs — who benefited from an Aviva-funded preparation camp prior to arriving in Christchurch.
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'There are a lot of good F54, 55 and 56 throwers so to combine all three, I think, is a bit unnecessary but you can only go out there and beat the people in front of you. The competition is obviously really good; there are three classes in there so there are plenty of the best throwers in the world.
'So it doesn't get much better than that but it is going to be the same in London so I am going to have to get used to it – I have no excuses here I have to get it right there. There is nothing you can do about it so I just need to make sure I get it right by the time the London 2012 Paralympics come around in 18 months' time.'
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Poland's Karol Wojciech Kozun took gold with a throw of 11.58m that gave him 985 points.
Nobbs is adamant come the London 2012 Paralympics he will be more than capable of getting among the medals.
'I did have three weeks out injured and I was coming into the competition a little bit unknown because my preparations were far from ideal,' he added. 'But I felt good out there and it just didn't come together at the time. I am just going to regroup and refocus now and look forward to 2012.
'The summer season starts in April and I am going to be working on some technical stuff, I have got a bit of time now and I know I can get it right in those 18 months.'
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